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GLENS FALLS - Soon it will be the intersection formerly known as Bank Square.

Glens Falls Mayor Roy Akins is planning a contest to rename the five-way intersection in downtown Glens Falls where a roundabout will be built this spring.

"It has been known as Bank Square, but there aren't any banks there," Akins said.

Also, he added, it won't be a square much longer.

Construction of the roundabout is expected to begin April 2.

Akins said the contest would be a way to present the roundabout - which has been somewhat controversial - in a positive light, and to publicize how motorists and pedestrians navigate a roundabout.

"It's going to be a large focal point in the downtown," he said. "If it's going to be here, let's have fun with it, learn how to drive through it and make it a part of our Glens Falls hometown."

Details of the contest, such as prizes, who will select the winning entry and how to enter, have yet to be determined.

The roundabout is just one feature of a larger Glen Street reconstruction project.

Construction on the roundabout is expected to begin April 2.

Motorists will be able to access the Burger King restaurant from Glen Street during construction, Edward Lawson, a traffic consultant to the city, said Wednesday evening at a public forum in Heritage Hall at the Glens Falls Civic Center.

Traffic that otherwise would go through the intersection will be directed to detour routes.

Pedestrian access will be maintained to all downtown businesses during construction, said Lawson, of Creighton Manning Engineering.

The contractor will have lighted message signs reminding motorists that downtown stores are open, he said.

The roundabout is expected to open to traffic in early May, most likely on a weekend.

Cregihton Manning will prepare information for the city to distribute explaining how to drive in a roundabout.

Other work on the Glen Street reconstruction project, such as landscaping and paving, will continue through late October.

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